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UCLA Children's Book Collection


Children's literature emerged as a distinct and independent genre only a little more than two centuries ago. Prior to the mid-eighteenth century, books were rarely created specifically for children, and children's reading was generally confined to literature intended for their education and moral edification rather than for their amusement. Religious works, grammar books, and "courtesy books" (which offered instruction on proper behavior) were virtually the only early books directed at children. In these books illustration played a relatively minor role, usually consisting of small woodcut vignettes or engraved frontispieces created by anonymous illustrators.
New attitudes toward children and their education began to develop in the late seventeenth century, when many educators appealed for greater consideration of children's distinctive needs and when the notion of pleasure in learning was becoming more widely accepted. By the early eighteenth century interest in children's literature (and a rise in literacy) led to new markets and a flourishing of new publishers, particularly in England. Innovations in typography and printing allowed greater freedom in reproducing art through engraving, woodcut, etching, and aquatint, although illustrators were still largely anonymous and illustrations confined to frontispieces.

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560
Conduct of life
184
Children's stories
131
Children -- Conduct of life
109
Christian life
92
Children's poetry
57
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abbott, jacob, 1803-1879
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hughs, mrs. (mary)
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day, thomas, 1748-1789
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johnson, r. (richard), 1733 or 4-1793
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goodrich, samuel g. (samuel griswold), 1793-1860
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may, sophie, 1833-1906
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Publisher's chromolithographed pictorial wrappers
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Topics: Brothers and sisters, Orphans, Conduct of life, Education
California Digital Library
by Crane, Thomas, b. 1843?; Houghton, Ellen Elizabeth, 1853-1922
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eye 479,347
favorite 143
comment 6
Osborne Coll.
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Topics: Poetry of places, France -- Description and travel Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
by Baum, L. Frank (Lyman Frank), 1856-1919; Denslow, W. W. (William Wallace), 1856-1915
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eye 65,147
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Publisher's green and red illustrated cloth over boards; illustrated endpapers. Plate detached
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Topics: Adventure and adventurers, Wizards
California Digital Library
by Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902
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eye 48,255
favorite 67
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Publisher's peach wrappers, printed in red, blue, and black
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Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
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eye 30,692
favorite 42
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Special Collections copy 1 = Blue cloth over boards blocked in gold and black; upper board partially detached. Gift of Wilbur Jordan Smith. Printed and illustrated label, Paul Jordan Smith, on upper paste-down. 2 other printed labels on upper paste-down, indicating copy 1 is "second issue...with the frontispiece on verso of the half-title, and the first page of Contents printed on the verso of the leaf of Preface." Special Collections copy 2 = Blue cloth over boards blocked in gold...
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Topics: Adventure and adventurers, Mississippi River -- Juvenile literature, Missouri -- Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
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eye 27,802
favorite 17
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Spec. Coll. copy 1: Green cloth over boards, blocked in gold and black, in case. Ex libris Olive Percival. Gift of Jo Swerling
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Topics: Adventure and adventurers, Mississippi River -- Juvenile literature, Missouri -- Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
by Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888; Alcott, May, 1840-1879; Billings, Hammatt, 1818-1874; Andrew, John, 1815-1875
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eye 18,758
favorite 28
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Blanck. Bib. of Amer. lit.
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Topics: Family, Young women -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896
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eye 18,702
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Orange cloth over boards blocked in black, green and red
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Topic: Slavery -- United States
California Digital Library
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eye 18,365
favorite 7
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Osborne Coll.
Topic: Children's poetry
California Digital Library
by Lawson, Lizzie; Mack, Robert Ellice
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eye 17,334
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Dust jacket; quarter green linen and green illustrated paper inscription dated Christmas, 1886
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California Digital Library
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eye 15,108
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Publisher's yellow wrappers, printed in red and blue; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topic: Chickens
California Digital Library
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eye 13,273
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Publisher's tan printed wrappers
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Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902; Doyle, Richard, 1824-1883
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eye 13,196
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Osborne Coll.
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Topics: Giants, Giants
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California Digital Library
by Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924; Birch, Reginald Bathurst, 1856-1943
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eye 11,171
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Osborne Coll.
Topics: Altruism, Conduct of life, Family, Grandparent and child
California Digital Library
by Crane, Walter, 1845-1915; Gilbert, John, Sir, 1817-1897; McConnell, William, 1833-1867; Tenniel, John, Sir, 1820-1914; Weir, Harrison, 1824-1906; Zwecker, Johann Baptist, 1814-1874
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eye 10,668
favorite 22
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Osborne Coll.
Topic: Children's songs
California Digital Library
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eye 10,338
favorite 5
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Buff printed wrappers
Topic: Children's poetry
Publisher's buff printed wrappers. Laid in blue case with 1830 edition and with dealer's description
Topics: Children's poetry, Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Sewell, Anna, 1820-1878
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eye 9,669
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Publisher's quarter red cloth and printed green paper over boards, printed in black and green; illustrated upper board; publisher's advertisement on lower board; edges sprinkled in red
Topic: Horses
California Digital Library
by Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875; Dulcken, H. W. (Henry William), 1832-1894; Bayes, Alfred Walter, 1832-1909; Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902; Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875
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eye 9,560
favorite 32
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Osborne Coll.
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Topic: Children's stories, Danish
Orange stiff wrappers, with an engraved title label pasted on upper wrapper. Inscription: Joanna E. Dana ... Dedham, Massachusetts, 1828. Ex libris Marjorie Moon. Ex libris W.M. Stone. Purchase, Justin Schiller, 1997
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California Digital Library
by Isle, June
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eye 9,371
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Brown cloth over boards, blocked in blind and black
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Topics: Christmas stories, Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703
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eye 9,181
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Publisher's printed yellow wrappers, printed in red and black; wood-engraved vignette on upper wrapper
Orange silk over boards. Ex libris Archer Taylor. Gift of Archer Taylor
Topic: Nursery rhymes
California Digital Library
texts
eye 8,675
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Publisher's chromolithographed wrappers; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Love, Values
California Digital Library
by Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
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eye 8,511
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Topics: Success, Conduct of life, Aphorisms and apothegms, Maxims, American
California Digital Library
by Kronheim, Joseph Martin, 1810-1896
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eye 7,879
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Publisher's printed lavender wrappers; upper wrapper printed in red, blue, and black; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
California Digital Library
by Clifford, W. K., Mrs., d. 1929; Campbell, Edith
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eye 7,767
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Publisher's blue illustrated cloth blocked in black and gold. Purchase, Robert Temple. Gift of the Friends of CBC
Topics: Children's stories, English, Children's poetry, English
California Digital Library
by Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703
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eye 7,585
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Unable to feed his seven sons, a poor woodcutter decides to leave them in the forest to die but Hop o' my Thumb, the youngest and smallest, finds a way to rescue his brothers, defeat an ogre, and gain a fortune
Topics: Filicide, Giants
California Digital Library
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eye 7,316
favorite 17
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Red cloth over boards blocked in blind and gold
Topics: Young women -- Conduct of life, Girls -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864
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eye 7,228
favorite 17
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Blue cloth over boards blocked in gold and blind
Topic: Building, Ice and snow
California Digital Library
texts
eye 7,200
favorite 30
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Stewart, C.D. Taylors of Ongar
Topic: America -- Description and travel Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
by James, T. H., Mrs
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eye 7,192
favorite 8
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No. 16 in a collection of sixteen, in two slipcases. [Japanese fairy tale collection]
Topics: Beauty, Personal, Folklore -- Japan
California Digital Library
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eye 6,973
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Publisher's yellow wrappers printed in black, red and green; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Swine, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Prideaux, William Francis, 1840-1914
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Notes: [1]-14, followed by 3 pages facsimile of publisher's advertisements from 1791 edition
Topic: Nursery rhymes
Special Collections copy 1: Blue illustrated wrappers
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Topic: Conduct of life
Contemporary green printed wrappers
Topic: Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 6,292
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Spec. Coll. copy lacking p. 1-2. Unbound
Topic: Cats
Young Research Library Department of Special Collections
by Burlingham, Cynthia, 1955-; Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts; University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
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eye 6,091
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"This catalogue was published in conjunction with an exhibition held at UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, April 16 through June 29, 1997"--Verso t.p
Topics: Illustrated children's books, Illustrated children's books
Spec. Coll. c. 1: Illustrations are hand-colored. Quarter green sheep; grey paper over boards. Inscription on paste-down endpaper: Charles John Buckdale. Given him by his mother - May 30th, 1826
Topics: Conduct of life, Moral education
California Digital Library
texts
eye 5,916
favorite 31
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Red printed wrappers; woodcut alphabet printed on inner wrappers
Topics: Animals, Alphabet
Yellow printed and illustrated wrappers and title: "Goose's melodies. Complete. With annotations. The only pure edition
Topic: Nursery rhymes
California Digital Library
texts
eye 5,677
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NUC pre-1956
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Topic: Children's poetry
California Digital Library
texts
eye 5,631
favorite 15
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Watermarks: "1804" on leaf [8], "TM" on leaf [15]
Topic: Children's poetry
19 additional p. of plates included in pagination
Topics: Bible, Bible, Illumination of books and manuscripts, Rare books
Brown cloth over boards blocked in black and gold; marbled edges
Topics: Children's stories, Conduct of life
Moon, M. Tabart
Topic: Fairy tales
Topics: Food adulteration and inspection, Food, Lead Poisoning, Food Poisoning
California Digital Library
by De Morgan, Mary; Crane, Walter, 1845-1915; Swain, Joseph, 1820-1909
texts
eye 5,005
favorite 11
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The necklace of Princess Fiorimonde -- The wanderings of Arasmon -- The heart of Princess Joan -- The pedlar's pack -- The bread of discontent -- The three clever kings -- The wise princess
Topic: Conduct of life
Yellow printed wrappers
Topics: Animals -- Religious aspects Christianity, Butterflies, Humane education, Natural history
Hugo, T, Bewick
Topic: Children's songs
California Digital Library
by Chatelain, Clara de, 1807-1876
texts
eye 4,755
favorite 2
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Publisher's tan printed wrappers. Gift of Daniel Hirsch, 1997
Topic: Children's stories, English
Hand-colored frontispiece
Topics: Picture books for children, Conduct of life, Children's stories, Maxims
California Digital Library
by Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875
texts
eye 4,716
favorite 12
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Publisher's violet sand-grain cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind
Topic: Children's stories, Danish
California Digital Library
texts
eye 4,434
favorite 4
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Rosenbach, A.S.W. Children's books
Topic: Young women -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Darley, Felix Octavius Carr, 1822-1888
texts
eye 4,232
favorite 4
comment 0
NUC Pre-1956
Topic: Jinn
California Digital Library
texts
eye 4,182
favorite 4
comment 0
Evans
Topics: Children, Children -- Death Religious aspects Christianity, Christian biography, Christian life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 4,168
favorite 17
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Rust colored cloth over boards blocked in gold and black
Topics: Fairy tales, Legends
Original wrappers wanting? Half mottled calf and marbled paper over boards; watermark on second flyleaf: 1913
Topics: Penmanship, Children -- Writing
California Digital Library
by Victor, Metta Victoria Fuller, 1831-1885; Botstiber, Hugo; Osswald, Eugen
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eye 4,149
favorite 5
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Blue cloth over boards; green paper onlays, printed in blue, on upper and lower boards and spine; vignettes on upper and lower boards; green edges
Topics: Diary fiction, Conduct of life
Publisher's brown cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind. Flyleaf inscribed in pencil; dated Jan. 1st, 1862
Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Armstrong, Margaret, 1867-1944, University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special...
California Digital Library
texts
eye 4,033
favorite 4
comment 0
Publisher's cream printed wrappers, illustrated in colors
Topic: Thieves
California Digital Library
texts
eye 4,022
favorite 4
comment 0
Wrappers wanting
Topic: Animals
Tree calf over boards with printed red labels on spines
Topics: Conduct of life, Children's stories, English
California Digital Library
by Planché, J. R. (James Robinson), 1796-1880; Corbould, Edward Henry, 1815-1905; Godwin, James, d. 1876; Harvey, William, 1796-1866; Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902; Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703
texts
eye 3,986
favorite 6
comment 0
NUC pre-1956
Topic: Fairy tales
Young Research Library Department of Special Collections
by Apostol, Jane; Sahak, Judy Harvey; Luckenbill, Dan
texts
eye 3,967
favorite 1
comment 0
Includes bibliographical references (p. [40]-47)
Topics: Percival, Olive, 1869-1945, Women book collectors
Imperfect copy: p. 45-46 wanting
Topic: Girls -- Conduct of life
Dutch floral paper over boards. In quarter green and gray linen case
Topics: Conduct of life, Education
California Digital Library
texts
eye 3,875
favorite 0
comment 0
Special Collections copy 1 = Green cloth over boards blocked in black, gold, and blind. Ex libris C.K. Odgen. Inscription in ink, dated Christmas 1877, on verso of frontispiece
Topics: Horses, Horses -- Legends and stories
Young Research Library Department of Special Collections
by Buckler, Caroline; Calder, William M. (William Musgrave), 1932-; Huss, Bernhard
texts
eye 3,873
favorite 4
comment 0
Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Friedländer, Paul, 1882-1968, Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, Ulrich von, 1848-1931
California Digital Library
texts
eye 3,866
favorite 6
comment 0
Publisher's color illustrated wrappers
Topics: Animal welfare, Dogs, Kindness
California Digital Library
by Optic, Oliver, 1822-1897; Andrew, John, 1815-1875
texts
eye 3,864
favorite 1
comment 0
Violet dot-and-line cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind. Pages 7-8 torn; text partially wanting
Topics: Birthdays, Charity, Children's parties
Publisher's printed tan stiff wrappers; wood-engraved vignette on upper wrapper; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Arabs, Tales -- Arab countries, Fairy tales -- Arab countries
Disbound. Remnant of brown leather spine, tooled in gold, and red leather spine label
Topic: Children's stories